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Ruling that city isn’t bound by ‘sanctuary’ law is appealed

January 8, 2019

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigrant rights advocates have appealed a judge’s ruling that a Southern California city isn’t bound by a state law that limits local police collaboration with federal immigration agents.

Advocates filed an appeal Monday on behalf of residents and organizations in Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos that support the state’s so-called immigration sanctuary law.

Huntington Beach sued claiming that the state’s law interfered with its authority to enforce local laws. An Orange County judge ruled for the city, saying municipalities with their own charters have a greater degree of autonomy.

California’s attorney general also appealed the ruling last year. The state passed the law to protect immigrants from the Trump administration’s push to ramp up deportations.

Residents in Los Alamitos have also been involved in litigation related to the issue.

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